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Need help with a data management plan? Try DMPTool

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Many U.S. funding agencies are now requiring researchers to submit a data management plan with their grant applications. DMPTool* provides guidance in creating ready to use data management plans for:

NIH, NEH, NOAA, NSF, Gordan and Betty Moore, IMLS

The tool has been customized for Princeton users.  Log in with your Princeton NetID for additional Princeton specific help links and suggested text for researchers who will be using the DataSpace repository. Simply select Princeton University and log in with your Princeton netID and password.

Want to learn more?

View a brief video demonstration of the tool at

Attend the Lunch 'n Learn session on April 24th at Noon in the Frist Multipurpose Room.

For more general information about the data management plans visit:

*DMPTool was developed by DataONE, Digital Curation Centre (UK), Smithsonian Institution, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library, UCLA Library, UC San Diego Libraries, University of Illinois, and University of Virginia Libraries.

Einstein archives to be made available online

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently received a grant from the Polonsky Foundation in the UK to improve the web portal to the online archive with a full catalog of the archive, cross referencing, and digitize the entire collection. 2000 documents are currently available online, with more to come.

Read the full article at the Guardian UK

Or visit the Einstein Archives Online at

U. S. Government Oil Spill information sources

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Many of my colleagues have been emailing various new or pertanent U. S. Government Oil Spill information sources to each other. For your convenience, I am compiling them together here.

Department of Energy Actions on BP Oil Spill - This site includes links to oil spill data from the Deepwater Horizon

NOAA Resources on Oil Spills, Response and Restoration: a Selected Bibliography

NOAA Trajectory Forecasts

EPA Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico -

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - June edition includes selected documents from the NTIS database on petroleum polition and oil spills.  You can search for more related technical reports at

Is There a Past in Your Future?

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Is there a past in your future?
e-journals, libraries, scholarly communities, and safe havens for content
when everyone is getting digi with it

Friday February 26, 2010
10:00am to 4:00pm
A01 McDonnell Hall, Princeton University


  • Join us for a free, one-day forum for scholars, librarians and administrators from Princeton, Columbia and Penn
  • Explore the challenges in creating realistic strategies for long-term preservation of e-journals, with faculty and librarian panelists from the 3 universities
  • Learn more about current endeavors to provide a viable future for todayʹs e-resources, with presenters from LOCKSS, PORTICO, and HathiTrust


Keynote Speaker:
Anthony Grafton

Henry Putnam University Professor of History Princeton University

Sponsored by the Princeton University Library now in High Resolution

| No Comments, brought to you by the Internet Archive, has just announced that high resolution pictures from NASA science, exploration, and aeronatuics are now available for download.

Started in the summer of 2008, is a treasure trove of videos and images on everything NASA from beautiful pictures of space to educational content. What can you do with all these videos and images, well according to their faq:

"In general our content is not under copyright and so can be used without express permission, as long as the use does not imply that NASA endorses a product or cause. The credit line used in connection with the images should read 'NASA/courtesy of'"

The sonic boom image above is courtesy of

Content is continuously being added. To keep track of their news and updates visit the NASAimages blog.

American Institute of Physics (AIP) Conference Proceedings

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Princeton University Library subscribes to all of the AIP Conference Proceedings. They are available online before they are cataloged in our Main Catalog. One can subscribe to the alerts. The latest title, Physics of Sustainable Energy, may be of great interest. Also, one of the papers is by Professor Robert Socolow.

AIP Conference Proceedings Volume 1044

PHYSICS OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing It Renewably

Berkeley (California), 1-2 March 2008 ISBN: 978-0-7354-0572-1

Editor(s): David Hafemeister, California Polytechnic State University B. Levi, Physics Today M. Levine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory P. Schwartz, California Polytechnic State University

“US DoE expands global science gateway - 18 Jun 2008

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information has announced that international science portal has expanded its scope to include connections to databases and scientific web sites from over 44 nations. allows users to question over 200 million science and technology documents not indexed by popular search engines. The portal linked to 12 databases from 10 countries when it debuted in June 2007. The lately expanded service includes 32 national scientific databases and links to portals from 44 countries.

DOE and the British Library along with eight other participating countries first struck an agreement to establish the portal in January 2007. gives science information consumers a single entry point for searching far-reaching science portals in parallel, with only one query, saving time and effort.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, UK

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“EPSRC launches Digital Repositories e-Science Network - 17 Jun 2008

The UK’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has launched the Digital Repositories e-Science Network (DReSNet). The network is expected to leverage the synergy between two fields of technology and technique, e-science and digital repositories.

The digital material generated from and used by academic and other research is to an increasing extent being held in formally managed digital repositories. In many cases, these systems are used currently to hold relatively simple objects like an institution’s pre-prints and publications, or e-theses. However, some institutions are beginning to use them to manage research data.

A major motivation in setting up and populating digital repositories has been to make the results of research available to a wider audience. The latest systems allow users to move away from the model of a standalone repository, where objects are simply deposited for subsequent access and download. Instead, researchers are developing more sophisticated models in which a repository is an integrated component of a larger research infrastructure, incorporating advanced tools and workflows. These are being used to model complex webs of information and capture scholarly or scientific processes in their entirety, from raw data through to final publications. Repositories thus add value to the data-driven research lifecycle.

A particular feature of the new network is that it will operate across disciplines, including the arts, humanities and social sciences as well as the sciences in the narrower sense, as the technologies addressed are trans-disciplinary. Given the range of potential applications of the technologies, interest in DReSNet is not restricted to the academic world, but also includes non-academic institutions. Consequently, industrial participants, including commercial companies, cultural heritage organisations (e.g. museums, art galleries and historic libraries), the media, and public/government bodies will be encouraged to participate.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, June 17, 2008

Safari Books -- upgraded version

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Safari 5.8 will have a statistics counter, and “Safari has also enhanced its video content collection. Subscribers will now have access to online videos in Adobe Flash and Windows Media Player as well as QuickTime.”

Princeton University Library has a full subscription to this online e-book service.

Source: EContent magazine, June 16, 2008

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) eLibrary

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We now have access to the Society of Petroleum Engineers(SPE) eLibrary which is a repository of technical papers presented at SPE-sponsored conferences and in SPE’s technical journals since early 1950s. Access requires Princeton authentication (no walk-ins allowed) and individual user registration. Once an individual account is created, login, then go to the Papers/Publications/Authors section at the top menu and click on eLibrary/Technical Papers to search. You must save papers of interest to cart and complete the check-out process (the cart will show $0.00 at check-out) to download the papers.

From Adriana Popescu, Engineering Librarian, Jan. 30, 2008

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